Category Archives: Nexus

CA6: Dist.Ct. erroneously suppressed over two kgs of heroin; the affidavit for SW showed a reasonable inference drugs would be found at home and GFE applied

The district court suppressed over two kilos of heroin finding that the affidavit for search warrant didn’t show probable cause and nexus to the defendant’s house. The Sixth Circuit reversed on both the probable cause and nexus issue and it … Continue reading

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PA: Nexus to house shown by def leaving home for a controlled buy

Nexus was shown for defendant’s house by his leaving the house to go a controlled buy. A frisk of defendant when he was home for the execution of the search warrant is valid. Commonwealth v. Kemp, 2018 PA Super 237, … Continue reading

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W.D.Ark.: Sexually explicit Facebook chats from home IP address is PC for the home

Defense counsel couldn’t be ineffective for not challenging the search of defendant’s apartment because there was probable cause. Sexually explicit Facebook chats with a minor from one’s home IP address is probable cause for the home. United States v. Ram, … Continue reading

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MN: Apt building common hallway not curtilage under Jardines for dog sniff

Dog sniff in the common hallway of an apartment building wasn’t unreasonable because it’s not curtilage under Jardines. State v. Edstrom, 2018 Minn. LEXIS 446 (Aug. 15, 2018). There was nexus: “Here, the investigating officer had significant experience. The officer … Continue reading

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CA6: Nexus not shown by old and speculative information

The showing of nexus to defendant’s house for drug dealing was wholly insufficient: (1) a suspected drug dealer once parked there, (2) the owner had a 17 year old conviction for drugs, and (3) a four month old uncorroborated tip. … Continue reading

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OH5: GFE applies although affidavit for SW showed no nexus to house

The affidavit for the search warrant identified the suspects and what was to be searched for, but it said nothing about nexus to defendant’s house. Yet, the court finds that the search warrant was not bare bones based on supposition, … Continue reading

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CA6: Nexus shown to search def’s house for evidence of his drug deals

Defendant’s drug dealing connections were sufficient to establish nexus to his house. Drug dealers cannot immunize their activities by doing drug deals in parking lots. In any event, the good faith exception applies. United States v. Jenkins, 2018 U.S. App. … Continue reading

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PA: Trial court’s deciding to suppress based on an argument not made by def was error

Trial court’s deciding to suppress based on an argument not made by defendant was error. Commonwealth v. Jones, 2018 PA Super 208, 2018 Pa. Super. LEXIS 815 (July 17, 2018). Defendant argues in post-conviction proceedings against the trial court’s ruling … Continue reading

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TN: Seizure of a cell phone incident to arrest is provided for in Riley; search still requires warrant

Defendant’s cell phone was properly seized incident to his arrest, as contemplated by Riley. It was not searched until a search warrant was obtained. State v. Wade, 2018 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 523 (July 13, 2018). The search warrant for … Continue reading

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IN: Cell phones are a tool of the trade of drug dealers; a lot of information extracted from it doesn’t show SW was overbroad

There was nexus between defendant’s alleged crime of drug dealing and his cell phone since cell phones are a tool of drug dealers. The search warrant was not impermissibly overbroad. Although 1000 pages of information was extracted from the phone, … Continue reading

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DE: PC and nexus to search def’s house came from his leaving to do a drug deal on a bicycle and then coming right back

There was probable cause and nexus to search defendant’s house because he left the house on a bicycle to conduct a drug delivery and returned. Spencer v. State, 2018 Del. LEXIS 296 (June 26, 2018). There was probable cause to … Continue reading

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DE: A visitor’s car parked outside a house being raided wasn’t enough to search it; here, however, the keys were found next to heroin inside, and that was enough

Defendant’s vehicle was parked outside of a house where a search was going down. Merely being outside isn’t cause to search the car. Finding the keys next to heroin inside was because that provided nexus to the drugs in the … Continue reading

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